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Read the SOLIDWORKS End User License Agreement

So the other day I got a call from a someone wanting to make sure that he had "the proper understanding of something in the End User License Agreement (EULA)."

I think that's just about the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me in tech support! Why? Because the better you understand your rights and responsibilities regarding your SolidWorks license, the more likely we (meaning mostly you and not so much me) are to keep your license safe and sound, always available when you need it, and happily moving along from year to year, through OS changes and new hard drives with little to no snags (call right away with any snags.)

You may have never seen the EULA if your copy of SolidWorks was activated by your administrator, or maybe someone else agreed to it before you even started working at your company. The EULA can always be found again in Help > About SolidWorks > License Agreement. Or in .htm and .rtf format in [install directory]langenglish (by default C:Program FilesSolidWorks CorpSolidWorks).

What will you find in there? Oh, interesting things like how many computers SolidWorks can be installed on, which countries a network license server can provide licenses to and which Adobe fonts can or cannot be embedded into your SolidWorks drawing.

There's not too much legalese, so go ahead and give it a read.

What else will help in understanding SolidWorks licensing? Type 'license' into SolidWorks Help search, preceded by words like 'install' 'activate' or 'transfer' to find some more easy reading articles.

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